The English football team will play Belgium, Panama, and Tunisia in the 2018 World Cup.
When asked about England's chances of winning the tournament, World Cup victor Gordon Banks said: "If they start straightaway, getting some results, playing pretty well, then they'll stand a chance".
After meeting England in Volgograd, Tunisia - appearing at their fifth finals, and first since 2006 - meet Belgium in Moscow on 23 June before finishing against Panama in Saransk on 28 June.
Southgate was part of the England team that defeated Tunisia 2-0 in the opening game of the 1998 tournament and added: "Remembering the Tunisia game in 1998, it was the first thing that went through my mind".
That was the Carthage Eagles' very first game at the finals but they have failed to win any of their 11 World Cup games since - the longest winless run of any team in Russian Federation next year.
With a squad largely made up of players from Tunisian clubs Esperance and Etoile du Sahel, they also lack top-level pedigree. "The average age of this Tunisian squad is 26 and despite meeting England, we have a great chance of reaching the second round".Читайте также: Trump criticizes CNN for 'representing USA poorly to the world'
In terms of Gareth Southagate's England side, their group is most likely to be made up of Costa Rica (17% chance), Panama (15.5% chance), and Brazil or Argentina (both a 20% chance). Southgate's under-stated approach will help, however, with the former England midfielder not prone to over-hyping his team.
"Vertonghen should be happy he can play against England", one fan wrote. The question for Southgate is whether he goes with inexperience in the shape of Reuben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Harry Winks, or plays safe by handing worldwide reprieves to Chris Smalling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and even Theo Walcott.
"We've obviously not been following their games in our qualifying phase".
Will England get a harder or easier Group than the predicted draw? Defensively, they possess outstanding full-backs in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, with Stones and Phil Jones also improving under their respective managers at Manchester City and Manchester United this season.
"What's exciting for our team is, although we lack some big match experience and we don't have at the moment trophies and medals on the table for a lot of the lads, I think that's all ahead for them and what's possible is exciting". Dier is a certainty for the defensive midfield role while going forward, Adam Lallana, Sterling, Kane, Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli give England genuine attacking threat. The draw has been made and they can see the teams they are up against, where the games are situated and they have to travel to.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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